Breakout actress Natalie Sharp talks about her new comedy series Hit the Road, and working with Seinfeld's Jason Alexander. Also Natalie tell us about earning her B.A. from Loyola Marymount University.
Congratulations on the new comedy series "Hit the Road" for Audience Network which follows a chaotically dysfunctional family of would-be rock/pop stars traverse the country while in search of fame and fortune. Can you describe your character of Ria Swallow?
Ria is the sexy, sassy, bad-attitude, rebellious daughter. She knows what she wants, and she is determined to get it. Definitely not the best role model for her younger siblings… but at least she’s confident! She’s growing up and coming into her own, and with that… would do literally anything to get off of the crammed tour bus, and get as far away from her family as possible! She has the dreams of being a pop singer, following the paths of Christina Aguilera and Avril Lavigne!
The new comedy series also stars comic icon Jason Alexander from the 90's smash "Seinfeld" which, ran for 9 seasons. What's it like working with Jason, and do you have funny stories about working with him?
Working with Jason has been the ultimate dream experience. I have learned so much just by watching him! It is so fun to be able to play his troublesome, difficult daughter. I constantly get to challenge him, contradict him, throw him shade, and out-wit him! I remember it was pouring rain one day, and we were all crammed into this tent waiting for the crew to set up for the weather, and Jason started reciting riddle, after riddle. We all got so into it, it got pretty heated! He is also borderline a magician… who knew?!
You recently completed a feature film "Live Like Line" starring (Helen Hunt and William Hurt) which, is about the tragic death of star volleyball player Caroline "Line". The group of school girls must band together to win the state championship. What can you tell us about your character Mack?
Mack is the main hitter on the team. She is the true athlete, hoping to go pro. She is tough, and competitive and is one heck of a volleyball player (yes, I am tooting my own horn because the volleyball you see Mack playing, is actually played by me)! I have been playing volleyball all my life and so I was so excited to be a part of this project! What was also very cool about it, was that we were able to talk to the girls we portray in the film, and hear their story, and what they went through. Live Like Line is a very inspiring, important, film showcasing badass female athletes, and I am excited for the world to see it!
What advice would you give someone looking to break into acting?
If you love it, keep doing it. Trust yourself, and the never stop learning!
You were born and raised in Vancouver, BC and, started actually singing at the age of just six years old. How did you get your start in the singing and, when did you know you wanted to be an actress?
I am pretty sure I pointed to the screen (watching the Lizzie McGuire movie) and announced to my mom that I wanted to do that, ACT! But then HER interpretation of it was to put me into singing lessons (which I definitely needed because I was SO SHOW. Had the WORST stage fright!) As I got comfortable on stage, I transitioned to musical theatre, then theatre, which inevitably lead to TV and film!
Who are some of your favorite actors or actresses that you look up to?
Jake Gyllenhall, Jennifer Lawrence, Mila Kunis and Shailene Woodley!
You're currently finishing your BA in drama and a business degree at Loyola Marymount University which, must be tough while acting. How do you juggle finishing a business degree while being on set?
The workload can be overwhelming and stressful, but I have learned to go with the flow. I know what my priorities are, and so do my professors. I am very lucky to go to a school that tries to accommodate your professional life and education. After all, that’s what they want! They want you to go out and audition, and take those opportunities! Timing has definitely been on my side. Both Live Like Line and Hit The Road filmed over the summer, so luckily I didn’t have to miss any school!
What do you love the most, singing, dancing, or acting?
It is a toss up between singing and acting. With singing I feel more ‘free,’ but acting is much more of a challenge, which is why I love it and continue to work at it. I am constantly trying to push myself and see what I can do. Its exciting.
Watch "Hit the Road" only on the Audience network.